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Chemmy Alcott

What inspired you to start the podcast?

A few days before my second induced labour I started trying to find honest storytelling about labour and I couldn’t find anything that was both informative and entertaining. I have previously done a podcast series on ski racing (Chemmy’s Chairlift Chats) and really enjoy the format. I love storytelling, talking and listening so it’s ideal.

What topics are you excited to talk about on the podcast?

I want to cover everything. From mums who are killing it to those who haven’t yet found their feet. I have a few celeb mums lined up and also one podcast dedicated to a friend who twice took 6 months leave to take care of his kids whilst his wife went back to work. I would also like to somehow address the very difficult but real topic of miscarriages and how we can support women who have suffered from them.

Who would be your dream podcast guest?

The Duchess of Cambridge. I have met her a few times and it’s incredible how she juggles motherhood and her huge amount of commitments.

Why do you think it’s important to have more honest conversations about motherhood?

Because as amazing as it is, motherhood is also really challenging. Losing your identity and becoming someone else who is entirely responsible for the well-being and happiness of little people can be tough. There are so many external judgements when you become a mother and I want this podcast to address that. I want to support other mothers and normalise making and learning from your mistakes.

What piece of advice do you wish you had known before becoming a mother?

That it’s okay to cry and okay to ask for help. I have always been fiercely independent and stubborn. Motherhood has softened me and made me realise we all need a little help and that asking for it doesn’t make you weak – it makes you strong for acknowledging and acting on it.

What is the biggest myth around motherhood?

The ease of getting pregnant. We are told for years that sex equals pregnancy but as soon as you struggle you are let into this almost secret society that so many are part of. It isn’t as easy as you think.

How do you juggle motherhood and your busy career and travel commitments?

With difficulty, sleepless nights and a lot of caffeine. Also, the amazing support of my mother-in-law and friends who all help out.

How has your relationship with your body changed since becoming a mother?

I am a lot less vain. Instead of seeing a chubby tummy I see an amazing body that made happy little people.

Listen to Chemmy’s podcast here.

 

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